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Doctor Who: Fear of the Dark: 50th Anniversary Edition by [Baxendale, Trevor]
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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

About the Author

Trevor Baxendale was born in Liverpool in 1966. He has been contributing to a variety of Doctor Who fiction ranges for both BBC Books and Big Finish Productions for over ten years. Trevor is a regular contributor to BBC Magazines' hugely popular Doctor Who Adventures, scripting the further exploits of the Doctor in comic strip form. His Torchwood novel, Something in the Water, was a national bestseller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BBA6FLQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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Fear of the Dark is a Dr. Who novel by Trevor Baxendale. It's his fourth Dr. Who novel, and the first one to involve a different Doctor than the eighth. Baxendale does an excellent job with this one, creating his very own Who horror novel with some chills and a tight cast of characters. It's only marred by an ending that seems to take forever and some wooden characterization.
Baxendale is known for his traditional Who stories, and this one is no different. One can imagine the dank cave sets, perhaps wobbling a little bit as they were wont to do on the television show. It has a limited cast, and even fewer actual speaking parts. The only thing that couldn't be done is some of the special effects, and even those may have been able to be faked. Yes, this is televised Who on a book budget. And you know what? I loved it.
One of the things the television series often had going for it was atmosphere. Fear of the Dark has this in spades. It's spooky and it's (yes, this word will keep coming up again) dark. The dank mood of the caves just wafts off the page, and when one of the characters is completely cut off and alone in the dark (there it is again!), I could feel my own gut clench a little bit. Even when the characters are in bright lights, the book still feels a bit dimmed. Baxendale does a very effective job in conveying this, and the mood is perfect for what Baxendale is trying to show us. It's positively chilling when the Dark is siphoning away any visible light, and we watch as even open flames slowly dim until they are just embers, and then finally even these go out.
Often, when books go for an atmospheric effect, they do so at the expense of the characters. Baxendale is bitten by this bug, unfortunately.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2013
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Taking life easy for a few days, having a nasty cold, I've read a couple of the 50th anniversary editions of Doctor Who novels. The Fourth Doctor story, Festival of Death, was great and I've reviewed that.

This one is the Fifth Doctor story representative for the 50th anniversary celebrations. Fear of the Dark was first published in 2003, and is set after the tv story Arc of Infinity, when Tegan returns to the Tardis after the adventure in Amsterdam with Omega. Tegan, Nyssa and the Doctor are still feeling the loss of Adric, and Nyssa is haunted by nightmares of Traken. When the Tardis is attacked by some kind of psionic force, they land on what turns out to be the moon of Akoshemon, a planet where centuries of fear and horror have haunted the landscape. There the Tardis crew meet up with a team led by Jyl Stoker; but what are they doing there and what does it mean for the Doctor and his companions?

This is a great story; the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan are captured perfectly. I love the way the author has captured Tegan's quickfire temper, and there is humour laced among the action and mounting horror of the narrative. Beyond that, the story itself is a clever, multi-layered narrative, which starts off seeming like its going to be quite straightforward but along the way turns into a very complex story with many sidelines. That's a good thing; the characters all get a chance to develop into `real' people, and the mounting tension and horror of the story becomes a real tangible thing. The Doctor's fear of his own vulnerabilities makes the story never seem like a sure-fire neatly tied up opportunity, and there is real tension and concern in the story right to the end. Totally, utterly recommende. This is a great Doctor Who, and a great story.
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The moon of Akoshamon..is where a great evil lurks..where it has grown since the planets birth..The Doctor,Nyssa and Tegan are literally blown off thier feet at the start of this briliant story..The Dark kills without mercy..twists minds and makes people fear it..and even The Doctor is frightened and fights for even his sanity..Trevor Bexendale delivers this novel with amazing briliance..All the charecters have their own background story..and are very likeable even the sneeky Cadwell..and he is the twist to the story..I loved the characters Jyl Stoker and Bunny Chaung..The fear they all felt..even The Doctor..it jumped out at you..You wanted them all the survive..The sadest death was Bunny's..all he wanted to do was to be with his family..Nyssa was a great key point in the story as The Dark possesesed her first..The Doctor..as strong as he is..you think even to the end The Dark has him..They all fight for thier existance....and it really is a fight..This is one novel I really do one hundred and ten percent recommend..to any and all Doctor Who fans...
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By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2004
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This book is absolutely mind blowing. The fifth Doctor character is portrayed brilliantly as are Nyssa & Tegan. For a Dr who story it can get rather gruesome, but it works very well and the enemy is very believable.
Superb detail and descripton makes this one of the best books i've ever read. Very Very impressed.
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This starts out ok, if a little more like an episode of classic trek than doctor who. In fact it's a bit like the episode Devil in the Dark, with a monster lurking about in the tunnels etc . The characterisation and dialogue for the doctor is pretty good to start with, and you can picture the fifth doctor. Nyssa has little do for most of the book except be ill or asleep. Tegan is written reasonably well. The other characters are corny. There are some shameless and crude attempts to get us to care about them, such as repeatedly talking about the young daughter of one of them and how she needs her daddy to come home. These characters are too cartoon for us to really give two hoots about them.

When Captain Lawrence arrives in response to a distress call, and has an antagonistic relationship with the female leader of the rogue mining team, I groaned then laughed out loud to read that, you guessed it, they had a romantic past together. I will leave you to take a wild guess as to how their apparent loathing of each other turns out. . . . Suffice to say that this was cheese of the corniest nature.

There is to be fair a good degree of interest story wise for the first half or so of the book. This degenerates rather, into a repeating pattern of the doctor insisting that they go towards the danger and then have to run away. This all feels a bit pointless. The end result is that the doctor feels pretty useless and if anything more likely to get people killed. He is never in control and rarely appears to have much to offer, but instead gets dragged along by the events. It's sort of the antithesis of the tenth doctors almost messiah like powers.
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